You may not know the name John G. Zimmerman, but if you’ve ever picked up a Sports Illustrated, Ebony or Life Magazine, you likely know his work. Zimmerman made his home on the Monterey Peninsula until he passed away in 2002. His daughter still lives here and she’s working on his archive. It’s a time consuming process that recently led her on a fascinating journey back in time.
Randy Henson has been a fixture in Monterey County courts for 32 years. Henson runs the courthouse snack bar. Like scores of other vendors in courthouses and government buildings around the state, he is legally blind.
“The central vision loss was instantaneous,” he said. It happened in fifth grade. “I came back in after recess and the teacher asked me to read something from the history book and I was like plunking along.”
He discovered he had something Stanford scientists call Wolfram’s Syndrome, which he says mimic diabetes in addition to causing blindness.
In Santa Cruz County, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, New Brighton State Beach, Seacliff State Beach and Sunset State Beach are closed now, and will likely remain closed through next Wednesday, December 16th.
At a time when the Department of Defense budget is under pressure, some military bases are re-examining how they operate to find ways to save. And increasingly, they’re looking to the Monterey Peninsula.
About 15 years ago, Congress passed pilot legislation allowing the Army to partner with the Cities of Monterey and Seaside to share operating services as a way to cut costs. More recently Congress authorized that all military installations could enter these intergovernmental services agreements with state or local governments.